Leaf lettuce gets a trim and I get a salad!

In preparation for being away for a few days, I trimmed the outer leaves from my one leaf lettuce plant, totally changing its look. Here’s the before and after pictures, and a picture of the harvest. I grabbed the ready tomatoes, too. This stuff is sooo tasty.

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My original GrowBox setup

Original GrowBox arrangement

This is how my original container garden looked in April of 2010.

1″ x 12″ wide lumber atop two concrete blocks formed the shelves for the containers.  This was to foil the bunnies that ate my ground-based container veggies the year before.  The bunnies have been thwarted, but the squirrels and canyon rats just laugh at me, since they’re great at climbing and jumping.)

Beets appear in the left-most container, carefully poking out of the mulch sheet.  The red mulch sheet is for tomoatoes, and you can see a staking kit for tomatoes on the far right-side box.

Things were much simpler then, but it was a good small learning experience.  Those  beets were great, too!

On the left, you see the dwarf peach tree, whose blossoms appear elsewhere in this blog.  Years ago, when our son, Robert, was young, he’d use a wiffle bat to line-drive those little peaches into fence.  Natural T-Ball!  (It was funny, in retrospect.  At the time, I wasn’t amused.  ;^)  )

By the way, most pictures you see in these articles are shrunken versions of larger photos.  To see the original size, just click the photo.
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Grow, grow, ripen, ripen

a future treat in the making

Each evening, I browse through my garden, checking for the twilight invaders (squirrels and rats and snails, oh, my!) I also take that time to do a little cheerleading, chanting “grow, grow, ripen, ripen” as I go.

Here’s one beauty of a tomato that’s trying to ripen, although his plant sort of fell over and is shaded most of the time.

I call this guy “Potential!”

Lettuce and tomatoes today

leaf lettuce plant

leaf lettuce pickings   

Leaf lettuce bouquet

The leaf lettuce plant was lookin’ very large and rangy today, so I snipped off the largest outermost leaves for a little salad. Makes a nice little bouquet, and the plant can now focus on growing the smaller leaves.

And in that bouquet, we have...

Today's tomatoes

These tomatoes came in today. Anyone have a good recipe for tomato sauce?

Today's tomatoes